Long story short, I'm just a guy who likes to work on basses. I hope to make more a go of it in the future, but still have to work on my skills (which most I've learned here, so thanks TB!). I use a very limited amount of tools, so if you feel inspired to do what I do here, it's cheap! Trust me! One of my TB pals, handofseven, had some project basses languishing and I offered up my help to get things back together again. It'll give me something to keep me busy in the winter months and learn along the way. And he gets to fill up his GAS tank, so WIN-WIN! Yesterday, a package showed up for me at work... As you can see, it's an RB680 and RB690 body, with electronics and lots of mojo. The necks are on the way. But there's no point in waiting, so I got a head start last night. FIRST UP: THE UGLY ONE This bass was very poorly clearcoated over a paper sticker. Typically, a thin layer of clear can be scrubbed away with some steel wool (I was using 00). But this was a bit thicker, so I began sanding... As you can see, there's areas of original poly and the crappy clear that are well defined. I had to knock down the clear a bit with the paper, then finish with the steel wool to avoid going too deep. So, here's some progressive pics... So now that the terrible clear was gone, I decided to sand it down with 600 grit, then wet sand with 1000 grit. The bass was super smooth and ready to be polished. And if I had a buffing wheel, 30 seconds of that would have made it mirror shiny again... but I don't. I have rags and Mother's Billet Polish. And scads of elbow grease! I clamped the bass down to my table and just went to work by hand, applying polish as hard as I could, buffing it off, reapplying, etc. A few passes yielded this result: It was getting late, so I called it a day. But I'll hit it more tonight and see how nice I can get it. The point of this will be to make them look presentable, not new. There's a LOT of mojo on these, but they can still be bruised and beautiful. If you have any tips to share, please feel free. I'm hoping this journal will be read and help someone down the line. But if the pros have some helpful tactics to share that may reduce efforts or improve results, lay 'em on us!